Jul 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Olivia Rodrigo to visit White House in push to get young people vaccinated

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Olivia Rodrigo. Photo: JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images

Pop star Olivia Rodrigo will visit the White House on Wednesday to meet with President Biden and Anthony Fauci and to record videos to encourage young people to get vaccinated, the White House announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Vaccination rates for young Americans are lagging behind those of older adults. Young people's reluctance to get inoculated "is impeding efforts to develop the communitywide immunity sought to move past the pandemic and fend off Delta and other variants," the Wall Street Journal writes.

By the numbers: Only 41.6% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • 24.9% of people ages 12 to 15 and 37.1% of people 16 to 17 are fully vaccinated.
  • By comparison, 56% of all adults 40 years and older are fully vaccinated.

What to watch: The videos will be released on Rodrigo and the White House's social media pages.

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